We are unabashedly excited about seeing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey the second it hits theaters — it speaks to our eighth-grade selves as much as to the part of us that’s just nostalgic for nine years ago, when the last of the Lord of the Rings trilogy premiered. But we also are under no illusion that Peter Jackson’s latest trilogy is the most glamorous of star-powered events — let’s face it, J.R.R. Tolkien wasn’t exactly hell-bent on making beautiful women the center of attention in his books, and few of his heroes were much to look at either. And while we are super eager to return to Middle-earth and all its hobbitses and wizards and elves and dwarves, our shallow selves are also grateful to Jackson and company for making sure there’s some eye candy in the movies too.
At today’s world premiere of the movie in Wellington, New Zealand, it was Cate Blanchett — returning as elf queen Galadrial — and Evangeline Lilly — who plays Tauriel, an elf invented for the movies — who brought the token glamour to the red carpet. We love Evangeline’s new short hair-do, paired with her playfully sparkly dress (and damn, girl, those legs!). Cate appears to have some elfin magic in her IRL, because the actress has not aged a day in the past 10 years. Jackson, Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis were also on-hand to greet the costumed fans — and a couple of PETA protesters. Flip through the pics while you enjoy your second breakfasts!
The 2000s is such an awkward time period. How do you even describe it? The phrase “that’s so ’90s” just flows off the tongue, but “that’s so ’00s”? How do you even pronounce that? And don’t tell us to say “the oughts,” because that is not even a thing. We need someone to teach us fast, because that is the perfect way to describe the upcoming filmPawn Shop Chronicles, which stars (wait for it) Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, Elijah Wood, Vincent D’Onofrio, Lukas Haas, Ashlee Simpson and, of course, The New Guy star DJ Qualls. We knew Qualls would rise like a phoenix! Meanwhile, Avril Lavigne and Jar Jar Binks must be so bummed they never got the call. Maybe something will open up in the sequel, you guys? You too, Razor scooters and pre-distressed jeans!
If the cast is a little too much 2002 for you, don’t worry. The film’s plot, according to Deadline, is utterly timeless: “a dark comedy about a man searching for his abducted wife, a couple of white supremacist meth heads and a sad sack Elvis impersonator all linked through items sold or found in a small Southern town’s local pawn shop.” Throw in a couple freedom fries and Livestrong bracelets, and we’re there!
Now, it’s not like we’re advocating drug use here, folks. We’re just going to celebrate 4/20 the best way we know how, by looking at all our favorite famous people, including Kristen Stewart, Rihanna and Rupert Grint with the infamous Ms. Mary Jane.
IT’S HERE! Ok, not quite. Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will only hit theatres on December 14, 2012, but the first trailer is out, and it looks epic. Lord of the Rings fans know that The Hobbit deals with the story of Bilbo Baggins (played by Martin Freeman in this film) and his quest to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the dragon Smaug. Sir Ian McKellan reprises his role as Gandalf the Grey, and Andy Serkis, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood and Cate Blanchett also makes appearances as Gollum, Legolas, Frodo and Galadriel, respectively. Evangeline Lilly and Luke Evans are also on board playing Tauriel and Bard.
The second Hobbit movie — The Hobbit: There and Back Again — will be out in 2013 and is also directed by Jackson. The film may have been released long after The Lord of the Rings trilogy hit cinemas, but the story is actually a prequel to LOTR. Just watch our inner nerds come out with this one.
I scream, you scream, we all scream because there are hideous freaks surrounding Demi Lovato! Luckily those mutants happen to be friendly freaks, or else the “Skyscraper” singer would probably be having second thoughts about visiting Universal Studio’s Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights. Joining Demi and Universal’s motley crew of demonic beasts was a host of other celebs, including Wilmer Valderrama, Chad Michael Murray and an extremely skittish Elijah Wood. Though really, is there any other kind of Elijah Wood? Meanwhile, you know David Arquette suspected he was going to go out like that all along…
Have you tried to get into the whole J.R.R. Tolkien thing, but secretly found yourself wishing it had more more machine gun fights? Frequent resident of Middle Earth and The Lord Of The Rings star Elijah Wood has heard your pleal, busting out his Frodo voice from the upcoming The Hobbit for his interview on 7 Minutes In Heaven hosted by SNL writer Mike O’Brien. Fake spoiler alert!
“Everyone shut the f— up. There’s hobbits in that tree. On the count of three, lets blast them to hobbit hell!,” the Wilfred actor reads, from a script that seems to be half Hobbit, half Return Of The Jedi, with a splash of Army of Darkness. Declares Wood, “Whelp, Bilbo’s dead, and the rebels have been defeated. This is the end of the movie The Hobbit, okay?” End scene. We would definitely see this in theaters.
Well, somebody’s in a good mood! The inaugural Critics’ Choice Television Awards went down yesterday—airing live on Vh1.com, with trophies going to a mix of familiar and not so familiar names. Mad Men walked away with Best Drama, Best Actor (Jon Hamm) and Best Supporting Actress (Christina Hendricks), though Hendricks actually split the award with Margo Martindale of Justified in a surprise tie. Modern Family won Best Comedy, with Tina Fey, Julianna Marguiles, Jim Parsons, Busy Phillips and Neil Patrick Harris nabbing the other acting awards. Of the stars, only Fey and Parsons have won Emmys for their work, so it’ll be interesting to see what influence these victories have on this year’s ceremony. After all, the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards have always been a strong predictor of Oscar odds. Check out the complete list of winners and check out photos from the event in the gallery below.
As if Leslie Nielsen’s passing wasn’t sad enough, today we also mourn the digital deaths of Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and a host of other celebs. These A-listers are quitting Twitter and Facebook to raise money and awareness for the Keep A Child Alive charity, which fights AIDS all over the globe. The stars plan to boycott the social networking sites starting on World AIDS day (December 1st), and vow to stay offline until $1 million has been raised for the organization.
This “digital life sacrifice” is the brainchild of none other than Alicia Keys, who serves as the global ambassador for Keep A Child Alive. The first posters for their provocative (and morbid) ad campaign have hit the streets, featuring Kim Kardashian lounging in a coffin. Other artists, including Usher, Swizz Beatz, Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Hudson and Elijah Wood, have filmed their “last tweet and testament” for promotional clips. Get your favorite celebs back sooner by donating!
Tired of being disappointed by big-budget box office bombs? If so, consider trying an indie movie on for size the next time you get a hankering to catch a movie. If that sort of mood washes over you anytime soon, might we suggest looking up show times of The Romantics at a theater near you courtesy of your Samsung Epic™ 4G? Speaking of which, our own Janell Snowden caught up with the film’s stars Katie Holmes — she’s tall! — and Malin Akerman earlier this week at the film’s New York City premiere. Check out what they had to say to us below!